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100 Toni Morrison Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

Toni Morrison Sayings: The constantness, varietylessness, the sheer weight of sameness drove him to despair and froze his The constantness, varietylessness, the sheer weight of sameness drove him to despair and froze his imagination. To be required to sleep with the same woman forever was a curious and unnatural idea to him; to be expected to dredge up enthusiasms for old acts, and routine ploys; he wondered at the arrogance of the female.
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Toni Morrison Sayings: Why not? I can be miserable if I want to. You don't need to try Why not? I can be miserable if I want to. You don't need to try and make it go away. It shouldn't go away. Its just as sad as it ought to be and I'm not going to hide from what's true just because it hurts.
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Toni Morrison Sayings: Please don't settle for happiness. It's not good enough. Of course you deserve it, but Please don't settle for happiness. It's not good enough. Of course you deserve it, but if that's all you have in mind - happiness - I want to suggest to you that personal success devoid of meaningfulness, free of a steady commitment to social justice - that's more than a barren life. It's a trivial one.
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Toni Morrison Sayings: While they are busy showing off, digging other people's graves, hanging themselves on a cross, While they are busy showing off, digging other people's graves, hanging themselves on a cross, running wild in the streets, cherries are quietly turning from green to red, oysters are suffering pearls, and children are catching rain in their mouths expecting the drops to be cold but they're not; they are warm and smell like pineapple before they get heavier and heavier, so heavy and fast they can't be caught one at a time. Poor swimmers head for shore while strong ones wait for lightning's silver veins. Bottle-green clouds sweep in, pushing the rain inland where palm trees pretend to be shocked by the wind.
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Toni Morrison Sayings: There is no civilization that did not begin with art, Whether it was drawing a There is no civilization that did not begin with art, Whether it was drawing a line in the sand, painting a cave or dancing.
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Toni Morrison Sayings: Anger is better. There is a sense of being in anger. A reality and presence. Anger is better. There is a sense of being in anger. A reality and presence. An awareness of worth. It is a lovely surging.
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Toni Morrison Sayings: A woman could be cobra-thin and starving, but if she had grapefruit boobs and raccoon A woman could be cobra-thin and starving, but if she had grapefruit boobs and raccoon eyes, she was deliriously happy.
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Toni Morrison Sayings: Isolation, you know, carries the seeds of its own destruction because as times change, other Isolation, you know, carries the seeds of its own destruction because as times change, other things seep in.
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Toni Morrison Sayings: But the picking out, the choosing. Don't ever think I fell for you, or fell But the picking out, the choosing. Don't ever think I fell for you, or fell over you. I didn't fall in love, I rose in it. I saw you and made up my mind. My mind.
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Toni Morrison Sayings: Come on, girl. Don't cry," whispered Frank."Why not? I can be miserable if I want Come on, girl. Don't cry," whispered Frank.
"Why not? I can be miserable if I want to. You don't need to try and make it go away. It shouldn't go away. It's just as sad as it ought to be and I'm not going to hide from what's true just because it hurts." Cee wasn't sobbing anymore, but the tears were still running down her cheeks.
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Toni Morrison Sayings: American means white, and Africanist people struggle to make the term applicable to themselves with American means white, and Africanist people struggle to make the term applicable to themselves with ethnicity and hyphen after hyphen after hyphen.
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Toni Morrison Sayings: Most of our lives are spent in little towns, little towns all throughout the country. Most of our lives are spent in little towns, little towns all throughout the country. That's where we live. And that's where the juices come from and that's where we made it, not made it in terms of success but made who we are.
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Toni Morrison Sayings: I'm me," she whispered. "Me"Nel didn't know quite what she meant, but on the other I'm me," she whispered. "Me"
Nel didn't know quite what she meant, but on the other hand she knew exactly what she meant.
"I'm me. I'm not their daughter. I'm not Nel. I'm me. Me."
Every time she said the word me there was a gathering in her like power, like joy, like fear. Back in bed with her discovery, she stared out the window at the dark leaves of the horse chestnut.
"Me," she murmured. And then, sinking deeper into the quilts, "I want... I want to be... wonderful. Oh, Jesus, make me wonderful.
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Toni Morrison Sayings: A son ain't what a woman say. A son is what a man do. A son ain't what a woman say. A son is what a man do.
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Toni Morrison Sayings: We mistook violence for passion, indolence for leisure, and thought recklessness was freedom. We mistook violence for passion, indolence for leisure, and thought recklessness was freedom.
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Toni Morrison Sayings: Well, if a man don't HAVE a chance, then he has to TAKE a chance! Well, if a man don't HAVE a chance, then he has to TAKE a chance!
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Toni Morrison Sayings: My daddy's face is a study. Winter moves into it and presides there. His eyes My daddy's face is a study. Winter moves into it and presides there. His eyes become a cliff of snow threatening to avalanche, his eyebrows bend like black limbs of leafless trees. His skin takes on the pale cheerless yellow of winter sun; for a jaw he has the edges of a snowbound field dotted with stubble; his high forehead is the frozen sweep of the Erie.
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Toni Morrison Sayings: There is no protection. To be female in this place is to be an open There is no protection. To be female in this place is to be an open wound that cannot heal. Even if scars form, the festering is ever below.
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Toni Morrison Sayings: Wait, wait, wait, wait. Don't try to write through it, to force it. Many do Wait, wait, wait, wait. Don't try to write through it, to force it. Many do but that won't work. Just wait, it will come.
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Toni Morrison Sayings: Without wiping away the tears, taking a deep breath, or even bending his knees - Without wiping away the tears, taking a deep breath, or even bending his knees - he leaped. For now he knew what Shalimar knew: If you surrendered to the wind, you could ride it.
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Toni Morrison Sayings: A habit that had become one of those necessary things for the night ... surely A habit that had become one of those necessary things for the night ... surely a body-friendly if not familiar-lying next to you. Someone whose touch is a reassurance, not an affront or a nuissance. Whose heavy breathing neither enrages nor discusts you, but amuses you like that of a cherished pet.
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Toni Morrison Sayings: Somebody has to take responsibility for being a leader. Somebody has to take responsibility for being a leader.
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Toni Morrison Sayings: Mrs. Breedlove considered herself an upright and Christian woman, burdened with a no-count man, whom Mrs. Breedlove considered herself an upright and Christian woman, burdened with a no-count man, whom God wanted her to punish. (Cholly was beyond redemption, of course, and redemption was hardly the point - Mrs. Breedlove was not interested in Christ the Redeemer, but rather Christ the Judge.) Often she could be heard discoursing with Jesus about Cholly, pleading with Him to help her "strike the bastard down from his pea-knuckle of pride." And once when a drunken gesture catapulted Cholly into the red-hot stove, she screamed, "Get him, Jesus! Get him!" If Cholly had stopped drinking, she would have never forgiven Jesus.
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Toni Morrison Sayings: An innocent man is a sin before God. Inhuman and therefore untrustworthy. No man should An innocent man is a sin before God. Inhuman and therefore untrustworthy. No man should live without absorbing the sins of his kind, the foul air of his innocence, even if it did wilt rows of angel trumpets and cause them to fall from their vines.
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Toni Morrison Sayings: All paradises, all utopias are designed by who is not there, by the people who All paradises, all utopias are designed by who is not there, by the people who are not allowed in.
[Conversation with Elizabeth Farnsworth, PBS NewsHour, March 9, 1998]
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Toni Morrison Sayings: If you take racism away from certain people - I mean vitriolic racism as well If you take racism away from certain people - I mean vitriolic racism as well as the sort of social racist - if you take that away, they may have to face something really terrible - misery, self-misery, and deep pain about who they are.
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Toni Morrison Sayings: I wonder if the person he wants to marry is me or a black girl? I wonder if the person he wants to marry is me or a black girl? And if it isn't me he wants, but any black girl who looks like me, talks and acts like me, what will happen when he finds out that I hate ear hoops, that I don't have to straighten my hair, that Mingus puts me to sleep, that sometimes I want to get out of my skin and be only the person inside
not American
not black
just me?
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Toni Morrison Sayings: Social conversation was impossible for her because she could not lie. Social conversation was impossible for her because she could not lie.
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Toni Morrison Sayings: Dominion won by fear and secured by fear was still sweeter than any that could Dominion won by fear and secured by fear was still sweeter than any that could be got another way.
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Toni Morrison Sayings: The best art is political and you ought to be able to make it unquestionably The best art is political and you ought to be able to make it unquestionably political and irrevocably beautiful at the same time.
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Toni Morrison Sayings: Certain seeds it will not nurture, certain fruit it will not bear and when the Certain seeds it will not nurture, certain fruit it will not bear and when the land kills of its own volition, we acquiesce and say the victim had no right to live
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Toni Morrison Sayings: A twenty-year-old man so in love with his mother he gave up five years of A twenty-year-old man so in love with his mother he gave up five years of Sabbaths just to see her sit down for a change
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Toni Morrison Sayings: Her color is a cross she will always carry. Her color is a cross she will always carry.
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Toni Morrison Sayings: Before and since, all her effort was directed not on avoiding pain but on getting Before and since, all her effort was directed not on avoiding pain but on getting through it as quickly as possible.
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Toni Morrison Sayings: He licked his lips. 'Well, if you want my opinion-''I don't, ' She said. 'I He licked his lips. 'Well, if you want my opinion-'
'I don't, ' She said. 'I have my own.
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Toni Morrison Sayings: What a man leaves behind is what a man is. What a man leaves behind is what a man is.
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Toni Morrison Sayings: Everything I've ever done, in the writing world, has been to expand articulation, rather than Everything I've ever done, in the writing world, has been to expand articulation, rather than to close it.
Toni Morrison Sayings: When you gone to get married? You need to have some babies. It'll settle you.''I When you gone to get married? You need to have some babies. It'll settle you.'
'I don't want to make somebody else. I want to make myself.
Toni Morrison Sayings: She knew from personal experience how hard loving was, how selfish and how easily sundered. She knew from personal experience how hard loving was, how selfish and how easily sundered. Withholding sex or relying on it, ignoring children or devouring them, rerouting true feelings or locking them out. Youth being the excuse for that fortune-cookie love - until it wasn't, until it became pure adult stupidity.
Toni Morrison Sayings: And if you have the emotional strength and/or support from family and friends, the damage And if you have the emotional strength and/or support from family and friends, the damage is reduced or erased. We think of it as the stress (minor or disabling) that is part of life as a human.
Toni Morrison Sayings: Don't beg anybody for anything, especially love. Don't beg anybody for anything, especially love.
Toni Morrison Sayings: A coward with a gun is the most dangerous person in the world A coward with a gun is the most dangerous person in the world
Toni Morrison Sayings: Hunched down in the small bright room Nel waited. Waited for the oldest cry. A Hunched down in the small bright room Nel waited. Waited for the oldest cry. A scream not for others, not in sympathy for a burnt child, or a dead father, but a deeply personal cry for one's own pain. A loud, strident: 'Why me?' She waited.
Toni Morrison Sayings: I'm a Midwesterner, and everyone in Ohio is excited. I'm also a New Yorker, and I'm a Midwesterner, and everyone in Ohio is excited. I'm also a New Yorker, and a New Jerseyan, and an American, plus I'm an African-American, and a woman. I know it seems like I'm spreading like algae when I put it this way, but I'd like to think of the prize being distributed to these regions and nations and races.
Toni Morrison Sayings: The sad thing was that Pauline did not really care for clothes and makeup. She The sad thing was that Pauline did not really care for clothes and makeup. She merely wanted other women to cast favorable glances her way.
Toni Morrison Sayings: Nobody loved her and she wouldn't have liked it if they had, she considered love Nobody loved her and she wouldn't have liked it if they had, she considered love a serious disability.
Toni Morrison Sayings: No matter what all your teeth and wet fingers anticipated, there was no accounting for No matter what all your teeth and wet fingers anticipated, there was no accounting for the way that simple joy could shake you.
Toni Morrison Sayings: Sunk in the grass of an empty lot on a spring Saturday, I split the Sunk in the grass of an empty lot on a spring Saturday, I split the stems of milkweed and thought about ants and peach pits and death and where the world went when I closed my eyes.
Toni Morrison Sayings: We never shape the world . . . the world shapes us. We never shape the world . . . the world shapes us.
Toni Morrison Sayings: She left me the way people leave a hotel room. A hotel room is a She left me the way people leave a hotel room. A hotel room is a place to be when you are doing something else. Of itself it is of no consequence to one's major scheme. A hotel room is convenient. But its convenience is limited to the time you need it while you are in that particular town on that particular business; you hope it is comfortable, but prefer, rather, that it be anoymous. It is not, after all, where you live.
Toni Morrison Sayings: As it turned out, the sachem had been dead wrong.The Europes neither fled nor died As it turned out, the sachem had been dead wrong.
The Europes neither fled nor died out. In fact, said the old women in charge of the children, he had apologized for this error in prophecy and admitted that however many collapsed from ignorance or disease more would always come.
They would come with languages that sounded like a dog bark; with a childish hunger for animal fur. They would forever fence land, ship whole trees to faraway countries, take any woman for quick pleasure, ruin soil, befoul sacred place and worship a dull, unimaginative god.
They let their hogs browse the ocean shore turning it into dunes of sand where nothing green can ever grow again. Cut loose from the earth's soul, they insisted on purchase of its soil, and like all orphans they were insatiable.
It was their destiny to chew up the world and spit out a horribleness that would destroy all primary peoples.
Toni Morrison Sayings: If he looked into her face, he would see those haunted, loving eyes. The hauntedness If he looked into her face, he would see those haunted, loving eyes. The hauntedness would irritate him
the love would move him to fury. How dare she love him? Hadn't she any sense at all? What was he supposed to do about that? Return it? How? What could his calloused hands produce to make her smile? What of his knowledge of the world and of life could be useful to her? What could his heavy arms and befuddled brain accomplish that would earn him his own respect, that would in turn allow him to accept her love?
Toni Morrison Sayings: The human body is robust. It can gather strength when it's in mortal danger. The human body is robust. It can gather strength when it's in mortal danger.
Toni Morrison Sayings: Pauline felt uncomfortable with the few black women she met. They were amused by her Pauline felt uncomfortable with the few black women she met. They were amused by her because she did not straighten her hair. When she tried to make up her face as they did, it came off rather badly. Their goading glances and private snickers at her way of talking (saying "chil'ren") and dressing developed in her a desire for new clothes.
Toni Morrison Sayings: My first-born. All I can remember of her is how she loved the burned bottom My first-born. All I can remember of her is how she loved the burned bottom of bread. Can you beat that?Eight children and that's all I remember.
Toni Morrison Sayings: I think being an editor really helped me take other people's notes on my writing. I think being an editor really helped me take other people's notes on my writing. I'd get a note like 'It's too wet' or 'The first couple chapters are good, but then the rest of the pages were so wet that they were completely illegible' or 'Did you dip this in Sprite? This smells like Sprite. Why would you dip your novel in Sprite?' And instead of pushing back, I'd listen. That's an incredibly important skill for a young writer to have.
Toni Morrison Sayings: Their conversation is like a gently wicked dance: sound meets sound, curtsies, shimmies, and retires. Their conversation is like a gently wicked dance: sound meets sound, curtsies, shimmies, and retires. Another sound enters but is upstaged by still another: the two circle each other and stop. Sometimes their words move in lofty spirals; other times they take strident leaps, and all of it is punctuated with warm-pulsed laughter - like the throb of a heart made of jelly. The edge, the curl, the thrust of their emotions is always clear to Frieda and me. We do not, cannot, know the meanings of all their words, for we are nine and ten years old. So we watch their faces, their hands, their feet, and listen for truth in timbre.
Toni Morrison Sayings: She talked like that. But I understood what she meant. About having another you inside She talked like that. But I understood what she meant. About having another you inside that isn't anything like you. Dorcas and I used to make up love scenes and describe them to each other. It was fun and a little smutty. Something about it bothered me, though. Not the loving stuff, but the picture I had of myself when I did it. Nothing like me. I say myself as somebody I'd seen in a picture show or a magazine. Then it would work. If I pictured myself the way I am it seemed wrong.
Toni Morrison Sayings: To Sethe, the future was a matter of keeping the past at bay. The "better To Sethe, the future was a matter of keeping the past at bay. The "better life" she believed she and Denver were living was simply not that other one.
Toni Morrison Sayings: And if he bathes her in sections, will the parts hold? And if he bathes her in sections, will the parts hold?
Toni Morrison Sayings: She was never able, after her education in the movies, to look at a face She was never able, after her education in the movies, to look at a face and not assign it some category in the scale of absolute beauty, and the scale was one she absorbed in full from the silver screen.
Toni Morrison Sayings: Anything dead coming back to life hurts. Anything dead coming back to life hurts.
Toni Morrison Sayings: I stood there a long while, staring at that tree. It looked so strongSo beautiful. I stood there a long while, staring at that tree.
It looked so strong
So beautiful.
Hurt right down the middle
But alive and well.
Cee touched my shoulder
Lightly.
Frank?
Yes?
Come on, brother. Let's go home.
Toni Morrison Sayings: You just can't mishandle creatures and expect success. You just can't mishandle creatures and expect success.
Toni Morrison Sayings: Michael was a purveyor of exotics, a typical anthropologist, a cultural orphan who sought other Michael was a purveyor of exotics, a typical anthropologist, a cultural orphan who sought other cultures he could love without risk or pain.
Toni Morrison Sayings: The seeds of destruction lie in the definition of "chosen-ness" and can easily blossom into The seeds of destruction lie in the definition of "chosen-ness" and can easily blossom into bigotry. It's not inevitable but it needs constant care to avoid.
Toni Morrison Sayings: No, and if it's not your brain thinking cold, cold thoughts, which you can dress No, and if it's not your brain thinking cold, cold thoughts, which you can dress in any kind of mood, then it's nothing. It has to be a cold, cold thought. I mean cold, or cool at least. Your brain. That's all there is.
Toni Morrison Sayings: What I think the political correctness debate is really about is the power to be What I think the political correctness debate is really about is the power to be able to define. The definers want the power to name. And the defined are now taking that power away from them.
Toni Morrison Sayings: All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was.
Toni Morrison Sayings: Seeing her step so easily from the pantry and emerge looking precisely as she did Seeing her step so easily from the pantry and emerge looking precisely as she did when she entered, only happier, taught Sula that sex was pleasant and frequent, but otherwise unremarkable.
Toni Morrison Sayings: None of them knew the downright pleasure of enchantment, of not suspecting but knowing the None of them knew the downright pleasure of enchantment, of not suspecting but knowing the things behind things.
Toni Morrison Sayings: Nothing in this world loves a black man more than another black man. You hear Nothing in this world loves a black man more than another black man. You hear of solitary white men, but niggers? Can't stay away from one another a whole day. So. It looks to me like you the envy of the world.
Toni Morrison Sayings: Wicked People Love Wickedly, Violent People Love Violently, Weak People Love Weakly, Stupid People Love Wicked People Love Wickedly, Violent People Love Violently, Weak People Love Weakly, Stupid People Love Stupidly, But The Love Of A Free Man Is Never Safe ...
Toni Morrison Sayings: I'm interested in the way in which the past affects the present and I think I'm interested in the way in which the past affects the present and I think that if we understand a good deal more about history, we automatically understand a great more about contemporary life.
Toni Morrison Sayings: So he raced from dogwood to blossoming peach. When they thinned out he headed for So he raced from dogwood to blossoming peach. When they thinned out he headed for the cherry blossoms, then magnolia, chinaberry, pecan, walnut and prickly pear. At last he reached a field of apple trees whose flowers were just becoming tiny knots of fruit. Spring sauntered north, but he had to run like hell to keep it as his traveling companion. From February to July he was on the lookout for blossoms. When he lost them, and found himself without so much as a petal to guide him, he paused, climbed a tree on a hillock and scanned the horizon for a flash of pink or white in the leaf world that surrounded him. He did not touch them or stop to smell. He merely followed in their wake, a dark ragged figure guided by the blossoming plums.
Toni Morrison Sayings: There is no such things as race," said Morrison. "Racism is a construct; a social There is no such things as race," said Morrison. "Racism is a construct; a social construct. And it has benefits. Money can be made off of it. People who don't like themselves can feel better because of it. It can describe certain kinds of behavior that are wrong or misleading. So [racism] has a social function. But race can only be defined as a human being
Toni Morrison Sayings: To be given dominion over another is a hard thing; to wrest dominion over another To be given dominion over another is a hard thing; to wrest dominion over another is a wrong thing; to give dominion of yourself to another is a wicked thing.
Toni Morrison Sayings: Pain was greedy; it demanded all of her attention. Pain was greedy; it demanded all of her attention.
Toni Morrison Sayings: He fell for an eighteen-year old girl with one of those deepdown spooky loves that He fell for an eighteen-year old girl with one of those deepdown spooky loves that made him so sad and happy he shot her just to keep the feeling going.
Toni Morrison Sayings: Back in the seventies, when women began to straddle chairs and dance crotch out on Back in the seventies, when women began to straddle chairs and dance crotch out on television, when all the magazines started featuring behinds and inner thighs as though that's all there is to a woman, well, I shut up altogether.
Toni Morrison Sayings: We honed our egos on her, padded our characters with her frailty, and yawned in We honed our egos on her, padded our characters with her frailty, and yawned in the fantasy of our strength.

And fantasy it was, for we were not strong, only aggressive; we were not free, merely licensed; we were not compassionate, we were polite; not good, but well behaved.
Toni Morrison Sayings: Black women write differently from white women. This is the most marked difference of all Black women write differently from white women. This is the most marked difference of all those combinations of black and white, male and female. It's not so much that women write differently from men, but that black women write differently from white women. Black men don't write very differently from white men.
Toni Morrison Sayings: The last of her children, whom she barely glanced at when he was born because The last of her children, whom she barely glanced at when he was born because it wasn't worth the trouble to try to learn features you would never see change into adulthood anyway.
Toni Morrison Sayings: Beauty was not simply something to behold; it was something one could do. Beauty was not simply something to behold; it was something one could do.
Toni Morrison Sayings: Somewhere inside you is that free person I'm talking about. Locate her and let her Somewhere inside you is that free person I'm talking about. Locate her and let her do some good in the world
Toni Morrison Sayings: Make a difference, does it? You stay the night here snake get you. Make a difference, does it? You stay the night here snake get you.
Toni Morrison Sayings: She knew Paul D was adding something to her life - something she wanted to She knew Paul D was adding something to her life - something she wanted to count on but was scared to ... His waiting eyes and awful human power. The mind of him that knew her own. Her story was bearable because it was his as well - to tell, to refine and tell again. The things neither knew about the other - the things neither had word-shapes for - well, it would come in time.
Toni Morrison Sayings: She didn't say so, but it suddenly occurred to her that good sex was not She didn't say so, but it suddenly occurred to her that good sex was not knowledge. It was barely information.
Toni Morrison Sayings: Schools must stop being holding pens to keep energetic young people off the job market Schools must stop being holding pens to keep energetic young people off the job market and off the streets. We stretch puberty out a long, long time.
Toni Morrison Sayings: Milkman could hardly breathe. Hagar's voice scooped up what little pieces of heart he had Milkman could hardly breathe. Hagar's voice scooped up what little pieces of heart he had left to call his own.
Toni Morrison Sayings: The girl's face looks greedy, haughty and very lazy. The cream-at-the-top-of-the-milkpail face of someone who The girl's face looks greedy, haughty and very lazy. The cream-at-the-top-of-the-milkpail face of someone who will never work for anything; someone who picks up things lying on other people's dressers and is not embarrassed when found out. It is the face of a sneak who glides over to your sink to rinse the fork you have laid by her plate. An inward face
whatever it sees is its own self. You are there, it says, because I am looking at you.
Toni Morrison Sayings: You do not deserve love regardless of the suffering you have endured. You do not You do not deserve love regardless of the suffering you have endured. You do not deserve love because somebody did you wrong. You do not deserve love just because you want it. You can only earn
by practice and careful contemplation
the right to express it and you have to learn how to accept it. Which is to say you have to earn God. You have to practice God. You have to think God
carefully. And f you are a good and diligent student you may secure the right to show love. Love is not a gift. It is a diploma. A diploma conferring certain privileges; the privilege of expressing love and the privilege of receiving it.
How do you know you have graduated? You don't.
Toni Morrison Sayings: He wondered if there was anyone in the world who liked him. Liked him for He wondered if there was anyone in the world who liked him. Liked him for himself alone.
Toni Morrison Sayings: She needed to confirm its presence. Like the keeper of the lighthouse and the prisoner, She needed to confirm its presence. Like the keeper of the lighthouse and the prisoner, she regarded it as a mooring, a checkpoint, some stable visual object that assured her that the world was still there; that this was like and not a dream. That she was alive somewhere, inside, which she acknowledged to be true only because a thing she knew intimately was out there, outside of herself.
Toni Morrison Sayings: Beloved, you are my sister, you are my daughter, you are my face; you are Beloved, you are my sister, you are my daughter, you are my face; you are me.
Toni Morrison Sayings: Black women were armed, black women were dangerous and the less money they had the Black women were armed, black women were dangerous and the less money they had the deadlier the weapon they chose.
Toni Morrison Sayings: But her brain was not interested in the future. Loaded with the past and hungry But her brain was not interested in the future. Loaded with the past and hungry for more, it left her no room to imagine, let alone plan for, the next day.
Toni Morrison Sayings: Lonely, ain't it?Yes, but my lonely is mine. Now your lonely is somebody else's. Made Lonely, ain't it?
Yes, but my lonely is mine. Now your lonely is somebody else's. Made by somebody else and handed to you. Ain't that something? A secondhand lonely.
Toni Morrison Sayings: Good is knowing when to stop. Good is knowing when to stop.
Toni Morrison Sayings: I want to feel what I feel. What's mine. Even if it's not happiness, whatever I want to feel what I feel. What's mine. Even if it's not happiness, whatever that means. Because you're all you've got.